Today I went charity shopping with two friends, which was nice.

I got RATHER too many books…sixteen in total.

This is always rather silly of me, when I buy any books at all, because I know that I probably won’t have the time to read them for years. My reading list currently stands at 59 books.

Here they are.

Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (because I liked the film)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (because I ought to read it)

The Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick (because I liked the cover – it feels like braille)

Running With Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs (because I liked the film)

Lords and Ladies, Hogfather, and Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett (to add to my Discworld collection)

Life of Pi by Yann Martel (because someone recommended it to me)

Lirael by Garth Nix (because I’ve read Sabriel and wanted the next in the series)

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

Eldest by Christopher Paolini (because I liked the ‘Eragon’ film, but this is only the second in the series, and I haven’t read the first. Anyhow, I thought it might be good to get the series)

A Little Death by Laura Wilson

The End Of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas (because it was recommended to me)

How To Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby Young (because I wanted to watch the film, but never got around to it…)

December by Elizabeth H. Winthrop (because it was on my wishlist)


Today I did something I like to do now and again – went charity shopping.

Here are the books I found today, a whole seven of them:

The Star’s Tennis Balls by Stephen Fry (99p)

Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen (95p)

The World According to Garp by John Irving (95p)

The Outcast by Sadie Jones (£1.20)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (50p)

The Nanny Diaries by Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin (99p)

Bitter Chocolate by Lesley Lokko (99p)

Also, I found this, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer board game (£2.00)

A good day’s work if I say so myself!

Here is what I have just ordered on good old

The first three Harry Potter books (Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban). I read these aaaages ago and borrowed them off a friend, so I don’t actually own them. I do own 4-7 though.

Checkmate by Malorie Blackman – I have read the first two in this series, Noughts & Crosses and Knife Edge. I couldn’t buy the fourth book, Double Cross, as it’s not in paperback yet and I don’t really like to buy hardbacks (Harry Potter was an obvious exception).

These two books, The Harsh Cry of the Heron and Heaven’s Net Is Wide, are part of the Tales of the Otori. I read the first three (Across the Nightingale Floor, Grass for his Pillow, and Brilliance of the Moon), and then these two seemed to appear out of nowhere, so I naturally must read them.

Books two (New Moon) and three (Eclipse) are the next books for me to read in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. I am part-way through New Moon in a borrowed copy, but I’d like to continue reading in my own copy when it arrives. However, book four (Breaking Dawn) is still eluding me as there is no paperback available.

Hopefully these books will arrive soon. I got the cheapest possible prices I could (the total cost was £30.40 – about $44.20 or €34.15), but as some of the books are ordered from the Marketplace (individual sellers), I can’t be sure exactly when the books will arrive.